Mixed wheel sizes on mountain bikes isn’t a new concept, but in the last few seasons we’ve been seeing a re-emergence of riders and brands “mixing things up.” Michael Vidovich and Schwartz are two riders so committed to the concept they’ve developed a brand around it: Mullet Cycles.
Mullet Cycles launched with a trail/enduro hardtail fabricated from titanium called the Honeymaker. Now available in a more affordably priced aluminum frame, the Honeymaker AL is designed around a 150mm travel fork for a 29″ front wheel.
They’ve also added a 150mm travel dual suspension model around the reverse mullet concept, the Peacemaker.
Available in three frame sizes, details on the frame are left someone vague, with reach, effective top tube length, and standover height the only published geometry numbers they’re sharing.
It’s unique if not strange way to sell a bike, considering riders that are choosing to mix up their wheel sizes are doing so to solve a specific problem, or fit a desired riding experience unavailable from mainstream options. Still, for those of us that still recall the Mountain Cycle San Andreas fondly, (I must be getting old) the rear drop out section brings back the memories.
We’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with mixed wheel sizes on our local trails and find them to be well suited to our jump filled flow trails as well as steep and technical black diamond lines. While we don’t see it take over the industry, we’re looking forward to spending more time mixing it up and look forward to seeing one of these on the trails.
For more info on the the Peacemaker and Honeymaker, visit www.mulletcycles.com.